‘Grandmaster,’ Tony Leung Hailed at HK Awards Nominations

Fight films “The Grandmaster” and “Unbeatable” are the titles to beat after the pair secured the most nominations for the Hong Kong Film Awards.

The Wong Kar-wai-directed “Grandmaster,” which was the opening film of last year’s Berlin festival, picked up 14 nominations including best film and best director, it was announced on Wednesday.

“Unbeatable,” a mixed martial arts drama by Dante Lam secured 11 nominations, again including the main categories.

Tony Leung Chiu-wai is nominated for portraying Ip Man (the martial arts ace who mentored Bruce Lee) in “The Grandmaster,” while Anthony Wong receives a nod for playing the same character in “Ip Man – The Final Fight.” Zhang Ziyi is nominated for her leading actress role in “The Grandmaster.”

Other contenders in the best film category include “Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons,” “The White Storm” and low-budget dance drama “The Way We Dance.” Other best director nods went to Johnnie To (for “Drug War”), Bennie Chan (for “The White Storm”) and Derek Kwok (for “As The Light Goes Out”).

Also notable were the 9 nominations for “Rigor Mortis,” a first time feature by multi-talented Juno Mak.

The awards ceremony will be held on April 13.

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